Balloons danger to marine wildlife

first_img Howard Lake | 12 September 2006 | News Balloons danger to marine wildlife Tagged with: Events Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Photo: blue balloon by Lori Sparkia on Shutterstock.comcenter_img  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has launched a new awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of balloon releases for marine wildlife.The Don’t Let Go campaign discourages balloon releases and suggests more environmentally-friendly ways of using balloons.Mass balloon releases have been banned by authorities worldwide, including some British councils, but MCS receives a number of calls each year from members of the public worried about the effects of local balloon releases. The charity says that surveys reveal the number of balloons and balloon pieces on Britain’s beaches has almost tripled over the last 10 years. Marine turtles and seabirds are most at risk as they feed on prey that floats at the surface – balloons can look very like jellyfish to a hungry seagull.The RSPB has also urged people not to use balloons or anything containing string or plastics for fundraising events as they are likely to damage birdlife as well – particularly water fowl who can get string wrapped around their legs, become trapped and drown.There is a free pack available from MCS which includes posters, factsheets, leaflets and postcards to encourage awareness of the impacts of balloon releases on marine wildlife and alternative events using balloons without releasing them. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Tribunal on crimes against Filipino people says: ‘Guilty!’

first_imgThe People’s Verdict, a Bay Area International Peoples’ Tribunal Event, was held at the Bayanihan Community Center in San Francisco on July 18. It followed the closing of the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Crimes Against the Filipino People, held from July 16 to 18 in Washington, D.C.Tribunal attendees heard live, video and written testimony from the victims of human rights violations and their families. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark was the lead prosecutor in the trial of accused criminals, headed by Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino and the U.S. government as represented by President Barack Obama.The gathering in San Francisco heard a summary of the charges and then watched a video of the Tribunal’s jurors presenting their conclusions. As the crowd on the video broke out in cheers and applause when a guilty verdict was read, so did those who assembled in San Francisco. The Tribunal delegation will deliver the verdict to the Philippine Embassy and White House in Washington on July 20. For more information, see ­internationalpeoplestribunal.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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3 Men Held in Uniondale Church Burglary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Uniondale church leaders eager to replace nearly $3,000 worth of stolen audio equipment had their prayers answered when the suspects walked into the music store they were in to resell the electronics.Nassau County police said New Jerusalem Church of Christ staff was at Sam Ash in Carle Place when the alleged burglars walk in with a cart full of their stolen speakers, microphones, amplifiers and keyboards on Wednesday. The victims identified the items as the electronics they use for their church services.Police arrested 25-year-old Triston Thomas of Elmont, Richard Norris of Freeport and Duane Smith, both 23. All three were charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Smith and Thomas were also charged with burglary.Judge Joy Watson set bail for Smith and Thomas at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. Norris’ bail was set at $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash. They are due back in court Tuesday.last_img read more

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An Post agrees €100m asset-backed funding deal for DB scheme

first_imgAccording to details of the initial proposal, released last year, the contingent assets will be used to meet the incoming 10% risk-reserve requirements, coming into force in 2016.The agreement is not the first use of contingent assets to shore up underfunded defined benefit schemes in Ireland, with Greencore entering an €11m property and mortgage-backed deal with its fund last year.More significantly, Allied Irish Banks put in place a €594m contribution deed backed by loans to ensure that active and deferred members did not suffer due to a redundancy programme encouraging workers to take early retirement.An Post’s annual report also revealed that the firm’s DB scheme had further lowered its discount rate in 2013, down 0.25 percentage points over the 4% in place in 2012 and significantly down from the 5.25% applied to the valuation of liabilities in 2011.The scheme in late February finalised a €400m deal that would see it, An Post and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan acquire the licence to run the Irish National Lottery for 20 years. Ireland’s An Post has entered into a €100m contingent asset deal as part of a new funding proposal for its defined benefit scheme, one of the country’s largest.The An Post Superannuation Scheme saw its deficit decline by €56m over the course of 2013, standing at €229m at the end of the year due to continued good investment returns, as well as changes implemented as part of its funding proposal, according to the company’s annual report.The report praised the changes, which will see scheme retirement age increase in line with the Irish state pension age and impose a 2% cap on pensionable pay and benefits, as an “innovative proposal”.“As part of the solution, a mortgage and charge relating to certain property assets of the company with a maximum value of €100m by 2023 will be put in place in favour of the An Post Pension Schemes for use as a contingent asset of the schemes,” the annual report said.last_img read more

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LaLiga’s RC Celta Vigo Partners the Maldives for Tourism Promotion

first_img“We are a small country, but we dream big, and we hope that in future our youth can benefit from this big step,” Maldives Tourism minister Ali Waheed said at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on Monday. “This is a historic day for my country – we love football in the Maldives and this agreement will promote tourism and also strengthen football in our country. RC Celta is a club we believe in due to its philosophy and youth policy.”RC Celta are to receive US$ 900,000 per year [US$ 2.7 million in total] during the three year partnership, which will promote the Maldives to viewers of LaLiga games in Europe, India and China, via TV audience and Facebook. The first such agreement between a country and a LaLiga club will see emerging players from the Maldives train at RC Celta’s academy at A Madroa, while coaches and officials will receive support aimed at developing football in the archipelago. There will also be friendly games scheduled between RC Celta and the Maldives’ national teams.“For us at RC Celta it is an honour and enormous satisfaction that we have been chosen to promote the beauty of these islands,” RC Celta president Mouriño said. “One part of this is to promote tourism in the Maldives, and another is the development of football in the country. We hope to collaborate very closely with them. We know we are considered as one of the best ‘cantera’ youth systems, and not just in Spain. These kids will be able to develop in a very proven system, which has borne fruit.”A Maldives delegation also including Minister of State for Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ashad Ali and Football Association of Maldives president Bassam Adeel Jaleel attended RC Celta’s narrow 0-1 LaLiga Santander defeat to in-form Getafe at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on Sunday. The following day’s signing ceremony of the innovative partnership was attended by international media and broadcast live on national TV in the island country.The commercial deal is also important for RC Celta, and a sign of the innovative steps being made off the pitch by many LaLiga clubs. RC Celta’s revenues for the 2017/18 season were €76.6 million – of which €6.1 million came from sponsorship and advertising. Among the club’s existing 13 commercial partners are kit supplier Adidas, Galicia’s biggest brewery Estrella Galicia, and financial institution Abanca.“Our relationships have evolved from basic sponsorships or advertising agreements into multi-faceted partnerships,” says RC Celta’s Commercial Director Carlos Salvador. “This has led to double-digit revenue growth in recent years. For example, with Abanca, besides the naming of the stadium and presence on the kit and elsewhere, our club members can renew their season tickets via ATM machines in just two minutes. There are constant synergies with Estrella Galicia, as RC Celta Group also has hospitality businesses. With the Maldives, besides promoting the tourist destination, above all in China, India and the UAE, we will be working together closely for the development of youth and elite football in the country. Our reputation for youth development helped a lot in all this.”RC Celta will also benefit from the Maldives deal by having a greater commercial presence in Asia, Salvador says. “Our partners are very important for the growth and expansion of RC Celta on a global level,” he says. “In the case of the Maldives deal, it will help in India and China, both strategic territories for the club. The presence and support of La Liga Santander in these countries is also vital for us, for example that India fans can follow LaLiga via Facebook is a big advantage.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LaLiga club RC Celta Vigo (@RCCeltaEN) have agreed a significant and innovative commercial partnership with the Maldives, which will help promote the Indian Ocean country as a tourist destination to LaLiga’s global audience, while strengthening the development of football on the islands.The sponsorship deal worth around €2.5 million to RC Celta over the next three years was formally signed in Vigo on Monday, at an event attended by club president Carlos Mouriño, Maldives Minister for Tourism Ali Waheed, and former RC Celta, Real Madrid and Spain player Michel Salgado.RC Celta’s current players including Spain international Iago Aspas and team captain Hugo Mallo will wear the phrase ‘Maldives – the sunny side of life’ on the left sleeve of their jerseys while playing all LaLiga and Copa del Rey games – starting with next Saturday’s trip to Barcelona to take on Lionel Messi’s current LaLiga leaders. The phrase will also be displayed prominently on both the team’s bus and around the club’s Abanca Balaidos Stadium.last_img read more

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